Apple and Google Unveil Controversial Tracking Technology
U.S. tech giants Apple and Google have unveiled a plan to track down people who may have been infected by the new coronavirus, despite concerns among rights activists. Their software allows governments to roll out apps for "contact tracing" that will run on smartphones such as iPhones and Android.
Software developers already created apps in countries such as Singapore and China to try to contain the pandemic. In Europe, the Czech Republic says it will release a similar app after Easter. Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are among other European Union member states developing their tracing tools.
Privacy and civil liberties advocates express concerns about these developments. In published remarks, Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, said she'd be looking closely at the companies' privacy assurances. Dixon also seeks evidence that any health data will be deleted...
Well they helped China with the social grading scale to keep their people imprisoned why not the world. Everyone I know ( good Christians) sir transfixed on their phones gazing at puppies and Facebook. Iâ€™m not because everyone has an opinion and most often itâ€™s about a family member who is not on Facebook.
Vanessa Williams wrote: I thought everyone knew that? The thing I hate the most is FB, Google... display the ads everywhere on web browsers right after I search for something on search engine.
I've even had an ad pop up about a topic right after a face to face conversation not involving a phone (but its in the vicinity). Congress needs to step in. They made a big deal about the government listening in on citizen's phone conversation after 9-11 and this is an equal or greater big deal.
The good news is our current President addressed this last week in one of his briefings and (thank God) he does not like it because it infringes on our privacy. Obviously China has been doing this for years but South Korea and some European countries are using this because of the pandemic. If a Dem was President they would be pushing his here.